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Moving Emotion: Fear

Did you know that many people fear moving? They are not in fear of the actual move itself, but rather the fear stems from the unknown. After all, consider this:

  • You may be moving to an unfamiliar place
  • You do not know anyone in the area
  • This may be the first time that you are on your own, such as those college students moving away for the first time

You also have worries. What if you don’t find new friends? Will your pet enjoy your new home? And the list goes on. Fear is a rational feeling to be having when you move. But, how can you overcome this fear? We have a few tips!

Let Yourself Feel Fear

Don’t try to be a tough guy or girl. Let yourself feel the fear that you have. The more you bottle this up inside, the less likely you will learn to deal and eventually come to love your new area and home. So, let yourself feel.

It’s Okay to Be Cautious

For those who are feeling fear over a situation, such as walking down the street at night on your own in a new neighborhood, be cautious. This type of fear is one that is rational. Many people fear walking down a street at night, on their own until they are more familiar with the area. There is nothing wrong with being a bit more cautious in your new area than you were where you once lived.

Deal with Irrational Fear

There are times in which the fear you have is irrational. For example, having a basement that is dark but has a radiator in it that hisses and carries on, does not mean that you have a monster hiding in your basement! Learn to laugh at these irrational fears and move on.

We understand that fear is a normal part of moving. The good news, if you hire professional movers like Excel Moving, you can put some fears to rest. You don’t need to fear your items getting lost in transport, for one. Which is just one less thing to worry about. Plus, if you are afraid there is a monster in the basement, one of our professionals will be glad to check it out for you and put your mind at ease!

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Moving Quick? 4 Tips to Help

Do you need to move soon? Maybe you had a surprise promotion or simply need to move out of a home that you are renting sooner than you thought. Either way, a quick move is one that requires attention to detail and to do this quickly, as you may not have the normal time that others have when they decide to move. With this being said, here are a few tips that can help you succeed at moving quickly!

  1. Know where to start! While you may be in a hurry, this does not mean that you should start randomly packing things. You should still have order rather than chaos when packing. Start with the most difficult room to pack and then work your way through the home. You are going to find that this will make the packing process much easier and faster.
  2. Throw out things you know you don’t need or want! Just because you must move faster than normal doesn’t mean that you should pack up everything. You still need to declutter while you are packing. There is no point in moving items you don’t want or need! You are just wasting your time in packing these items and you are wasting your money in moving those things you don’t need.
  3. Make sure you are prepared with the proper packing materials for moving! This will save you a ton of time. When you know you are going to be moving, even if this is a sudden decision, go out and buy those packing materials that you are going to need. And be sure to get plenty of these materials to ensure that you not having to run back out later to purchase these, thus not using your time to its greatest benefit! Be sure to get boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, tape, permanent markers and whatever else you may need.
  4. Ask for help! When you are moving quickly, you don’t have the time that you wish you could devote to this task. Instead, ask a few friends for help or hire a professional moving company to come in and help, like Excel Moving and Storage. Sometimes, finding friends to help you move is a bit harder than you had thought!
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Are You Financially Prepared for a Move?

What is one of the biggest obstacles that holds people back from a move? The actual cost of moving! This is not referring to the money associated with selling your current home, buying a new home, or even paying security deposits and rent on a rental home. The moving process itself does cost money. Many people only factor in a small cost when they think about moving. But, they are going to learn the hard way, they should have factored in a higher amount!

What is it about moving that costs so much? With this question to answer, we have looked at some of the common expenses associated with moving, so you can have a better idea of what you may pay when you do move.

Setting Up New Utilities

This is an expense that most people do not even think about. However, most companies when moving into a new area will require a small deposit to get your utilities up and running. A water company may charge a set fee that is relatively small. However, electric companies may want hundreds of dollars to start up your service.

The Packing Materials

You would be surprised at just how much money is spent on packing supplies! For example, a roll of packing tape may only cost a few bucks, but when you need 15 or more rolls of this tape, along with the cost of bubble wrap, heavy duty boxes, along with whatever other packing materials you may need. It is not uncommon for a family to spend a hundred dollars or more on packing supplies for their move.

Replacement Items

Let’s face it, most people aren’t going to pack up every single spice and food item in their kitchen to move. Instead, they may donate these to their local food bank. Therefore, when you move into a new home, be prepared for the trip to the grocery to be way more than you normally spend. After all, many food items cannot be handled by professional moving companies like Excel Moving & Storage.

For those who are thinking about moving, be sure to sit down and make a budget estimate of what this is going to cost you. This way, you aren’t surprised later!

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A Priority Moving List

What is your priority list when you move into a new home? There are several things that are often forgotten or left for a later date, and then almost always forgotten altogether. In an effort to help you become more organized for your move, we have developed a priority list that we think could help ensure that during a move you are dotting all the ‘I’s’ and cross the ‘T’s’.

So, what should your Moving Priority List contain? This is going to differ from person to person, but we have a few major items to include!

  1. Declutter Time! Be sure that you schedule enough time to declutter your home before the move. Trust us, the more you declutter, the happier you are going to be. It makes no sense to move tons of boxes that you are never going to open!
  2. Important updates and paperwork. Take time before the move, or right after, whichever works best for you for all those important updates and paperwork. This includes a change of address, getting new doctors that are in your area, getting kids registered for a new school, changing your address with magazines and the like. This is going to be time-consuming, but is simply something that must be done.
  3. Are there projects for your new home that need to be done before move in time? This is becoming more common as people are finding more value in buying a cheaper home then renovating this to what they want. The key is to do this before you have your belongings in the home.
  4. Pack everything a few days before the movers are to arrive. This way you are not running around the day of the move trying to get everything put into boxes and labeled.
  5. Make arrangements for what you are going to do between the time that your items are in the moving truck to the time that they are moved into a new home. You can use this time to do those DIY projects in the new home or the like!

For those who are contemplating a move, remember that professional at Excel Moving & Storage are here for you. We can make a stressful move just a bit easier on you…and if there is any way to make a move easier, you need to take it!

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4 Moving Mistakes that Derail a Move

You have the move planned, you know where you are moving to and now all that is left is the actual move. You are super excited and ready to get this new path in your life underway. However, are you really prepared for the actual moving aspect of this move? There are five huge moving mistakes that are made every day by people throughout the United States who are moving for the first time or even for the umpteenth time. And these mistakes can cost you money and your time!

Mistake #1: Deciding to “Wing” a Move

Moving is not something that you just say, “I’ll wing it”. Moving takes preparation, planning, and most importantly, organization. If you truly believe that you can wing it, you are going to be in for a very rude awakening. Instead, we suggest you follow the 5 P’s: Proper Planning Prevent Poor Performance. Plan accordingly and make sure that you do your homework!

Mistake #2: You Forget the Rush Hour of Moving

The rush hour of moving refers to the months in which people are moving out of their homes and into new ones at a fast pace. For those who are using professional movers like Excel Moving & Storage, forgetting about this rush hour may mean not getting the professionals you want to move your items. This goes hand in hand with proper planning.  A key tip to remember: 3 to 4 months before your moving date is when to start calling companies to find the one that is going to help you move.

Mistake #3: You Avoided Decluttering

This is a huge mistake! Look at a move as a way to start fresh…and since you are starting fresh, do you really want to drag around that junk that you have not used for ten or more years? No way! So, take the time to declutter, remove the junk from your home, donate items that you no longer want or need. You will find it much better to move when you have taken the time to declutter.

Mistake #4: You Spaced Out on an Overnight Bag

Remember that you should always pack an overnight bag that is going to hold all the essentials you need without having to unpack every box that you moved. Why is this? It means that if you were to arrive late at your new location, you can still have the essentials and not spend another few hours looking for those when you would rather take it easy. Plus, for those who move with professional companies, remember that it could be a few days before your belongings are delivered to your new location.

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9 Ways to Feel at Home After a Move

The move is behind you! The moving company has dropped all your items, you are officially moved into your new home. However, do you feel at home? More than likely not. After all, there are boxes still sitting around, furniture has not been arranged to your exact specifications yet, and you still haven’t had the chance to make this new house or apartment really feel like you. We have 10 ways that you can easily make your new place feel like home, while also helping you to get everything unpacked and into its new location.

  1. Start unloading those boxes! The more boxes you get out of the house, the bigger this is going to feel and the more at home you are going to feel.
  2. Turn up the music! Don’t just be silent while unpacking, have some fun with this!
  3. All the big items need to be unpacked first. This will give you a great idea of how you are going to layout your new home.
  4. Make the bed with sheets so that it is ready to go at night!
  5. Put up a shower curtain, lay out some towels and get all your bathroom products onto the shelves. Having the bathroom ready to use is going to alleviate a lot of stress!
  6. Open the windows so that natural light is coming through the home, this is going to help you not only see what you are working with but lets you get used to the feel of your new home.
  7. Unpack those things that remind you of home first, especially if you moved into the area from another state or the like.
  8. Be sure to take a minute and do a security check throughout the home. Make sure that windows and doors all lock, so you have peace of mind at night.
  9. Even if you don’t get to all those boxes today, take a few minutes and relax. Take a beverage and look out the window of your new home, or just chill and listen to a few songs.

Moving into a new area is not going to feel like home overnight. However, with these tips, you can make it feel like home sooner! And remember, Excel Moving and Storage is here for all your moving needs!

Keeping Kids Busy During a Move

 

For parents, one of the most difficult tasks while moving is what to do with the kids. You want to keep them entertained while you are packing and you want to keep them safe while you are moving the items out of your home. So, what do you do? We have a few tips that can help you!

Before Packing Tips

Now that you are ready to move, before you pack, you need to get your kids ready for this. Here are a few tips to follow:

  1. Let the kids know asap that you are going to be moving. This can help them to prepare themselves mentally.
  2. Start packing up your kids clothing, toys and the like in advance of moving. Kids may hold onto these items. But, if you start earlier then you will find that you can get rid of these non-essential items that your kids do not need.

During the Move Tips

While you are moving, you are going to be busy. You will want to keep your kids as busy as possible! Here are a few tips that can help:

  1. Ask them if they want to help! If they are old enough let them help with that last-minute packing crisis, write labels on boxes or the like.
  2. Give younger kids something that is going to keep them entertained. Have coloring book and new crayons out there for your kids to color with. Or even let them have some left-over bubble wrap, kids love popping this!

The key with anymore is to ensure that the kids are safe and taken care of. While they may not be looking forward to the move, as long as they are safe, you are going to find that the move will be a success. And remember, if you need to use professionals call us here at Excel Moving & Storage!

5 Tips for Staying Safe During a Move

 

When you do decide to move, your own safety should be a top concern that you have. However, the reality is that most of us are in a hurry to get things packed, to get to your new home and are dealing with all the information that is needed to switch schools for kids, turn on utilities and the like. For this reason, your own safety is not usually what you have in mind.

Safety Worries

There are several safety worries that a person should be worried about when it comes time to move. These concerns include:

  • Injuries from packing too many items into one box
  • Injuries from falling due to carrying a large and unruly object
  • Breaking items, a big worry for those who have items that are family heirlooms

There are tons of other situations that we could highlight in which the safety of the person moving was in question. However, it is sufficient to say, safety rules are often ignored when you are moving as your mind is elsewhere.

Tips for Your Safety

Here are a few tips to help ensure that you are safe while in the process of moving:

  1. Be sure to pack your boxes right. Limit these boxes to 50 pounds apiece, as this is the maximum weight. You can go even lighter to ensure that you do not overdo your back!
  2. Stretch just like you are going to work out if you are going to be moving these boxes on your own. This can help to avoid some muscle strains.
  3. Be sure you are lifting heavy items as you should. Life with your legs, not your back!
  4. Always have an emergency kit on standby, you never know when you are going to need a band-aid or some over the counter pain killers.
  5. Be sure to limit the number of kids and pets around. Kids and pets can get hurt or they can cause you to become injured if they get in your way!

The best way to stay safe while moving is to hire professional movers. The movers with Excel Moving are trained on how to lift heavy and light objects to ensure they are safe. Through hiring professionals, you will find that your body will thank you later!

Dealing with the Blues After Moving

 

When we think of being saddened due to a move, we often think of kids. However, adults can be saddened by a move just as much. The difference is that while kids may throw a few fits, act as though their parents are ruining their lives and be a little stubborn about the move, adults realize that this move means a better opportunity for them and they still do it. The result is that a person may feel out of place, they may miss their friends, and they can even think that they will never have those close relationships that they once had in their new area. The key is learning how to deal with the blues after moving, and we have a few tips!

  1. Just because you move, this doesn’t mean that you cannot stay in touch with those that are left behind. The invention of cell phones, tablets and computers has made it to where you never should lose touch with any old friends. So, use it! This can help you from feeling too alone in your new area.
  2. Remind yourself why you moved. This is important. You may even want to write this down. Many times, after a person moves and they are in a new place, they begin to think that they made the worse mistake ever. However, through knowing why you moved and repeating this reasoning to yourself, it will help.
  3. Get out there! If you moved to this new area for work, be sure that you are putting yourself out there. If the entire staff goes to get drinks every Friday night, then join them. It doesn’t mean that you must drink, it just gets you out there to meet new people.
  4. Try to see more of your new area every day! Make it a goal to see something in this area that is worthwhile every day. It can be nothing bigger than a great store that people brag about or a park that allows dogs to roam. Find something new about this area until you feel as though you are at home!
  5. Let yourself be open to new things! This cannot be overstated enough. One of the main reasons that so many people have issues when they move into a new area, is that they are holding onto where they used to live and the life they had there. Instead of feeling blue about this move, look at this as a new adventure!

For those who are gearing up for a move, be sure to call the professionals. Here at Excel Moving we can handle those heavy pieces of furniture as well as those unique items. We get you to your new location with less hassle and stress on you!

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Top 2 Items Professional Movers Are Needed For

 

If you don’t think that you need professional movers, think again. There are several items in your home that are more difficult to move than what most people realize! The problem arises when they think that they can do this on their own. When this is the case it may result in the item being left behind, the item becoming broken or in the worst-case scenario, you become injured trying to move something that is meant to be moved by professionals. So, what are those items that are hard to move? We have the top two items that are usually harder to move than most people realize!

Plants: Small in Size, But Fragile to Move

Did you know that plants are hard to move? Most people don’t really think about. However, plants are very susceptible to the changing temperature, which is why these are on the list of hardest things to move. While you can move them, it will take a bit more preparation. For example:

  • Transfer these to lighter pots a few weeks before the move to ensure they are not too heavy to lift
  • Arrange to have these transported in your personal vehicle
  • Monitor the temperature in your personal vehicle and ensure the plant is not shifted in a way that will break or damage it in any way

Pianos: Best Left to Professional Movers

Pianos are something that no one wants to move! They are heavy and so fragile for something that has so much weight behind it! Many people tend to leave behind their pianos, especially if they are older. However, if you love your piano, then your only option is to have a professional help with this. What will the professional do? This really spends on the piano and the size. However, some of the things that have been done in the past include:

  • Removing the legs and lid to make moving easier in pieces
  • Wrap the entire piano in pads and plastic wrap to ensure no scratches happen
  • Utilize 4 to 5 people to easily move this from one location to the next

While plants and pianos are not the only difficult thing to move, they are often something that do require a little prior planning. For those who have these items in their home, talk with us before your move to see how we can help!